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In more recent times, the issue came to the fore in the mid-1980s when the demand for a separate state was raised by Subhash Ghisingh, but the then chief minister, Jyoti Basu, managed to defuse the situation by forming an autonomous Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council. However, after Ghisingh faded away from the scene, a new party, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) under his former lieutenant, Bimal Gurung, gained prominence and is currently directing the agitation.
The Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) was formed in 1980s and under the leadership of Subash Ghising and the tension declined with the formation of Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) later on the DGHC was changed to Darjeeling Gorkha Autonomous Hill Council (DGAHC).
The GTA, which is run by the GJM since the elections in July last year, is a semi-autonomous body armed with more powers than the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council of the late 1980s.
Darjeeling, Aug 4 ( ANI ): The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) took over the reins of the hilly region from the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council here on Saturday, marking a major step forward in the regional administration.
Clad in traditional attire, the supporters, including women, gathered under the tents erected on the sprawling ground near the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council bungalow amidst heavy security.
It had hinted that, at best, a more powerful council than the now defunct Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council could be offered to GJM.
A tripartite treaty in 1988, signed between the Union and state governments and GNLF, paved the way for the formation of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC), which ensured a lull in the violence for the next three decades, though there was no commitment from the government on the formation of Gorkhaland.
The GTA will replace the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, which was formed in 1988 and administered the Darjeeling hills for 23 years.
However, in this case, the Kurseong and Kalimpong divisions of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council do not have panchayats.
On July 18 last year, a tripartite agreement was signed between the GJM, the state and central governments for setting up a new autonomous, elected GTA, a hill council armed with more powers than its predecessor, the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) formed in the late 1980s.
Kolkata The West Bengal Assembly on Friday passed the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration Bill paving the way for the creation of a council in the hills of West Bengal that will have more autonomy than the earlier formed Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council.